Fine Antique Victorian Wool Challis Shawl In Great Condition.
This grand antique shawl has a beautiful rose motif block-printed on unusually fine wool challis. The pattern includes sprays and a cartouche of roses in highly saturated reds, greens, gold and burgundy, with rose-garlands and scrollwork in ivory and sienna on a scarlet red ground and a leaf-and-berry border in sand an ivory on a royal blue ground. The colors remain amazingly lush and vivid, and the shawl is completely hand-stitched.
In excellent uncleaned antique condition, very crisp, strong and wearable with a few tiny spots and two pinholes, measures approximately 52 x 49-inches.
The following appears courtesy of our friends at the Vintage Fashion Guild:
The name challis comes from the Anglo-Indian word “shalee,” meaning soft. Challis is indeed a very soft fabric, particularly fine in wool. It may be made of wool, rayon, cotton or manufactured fiber blends, and was originally made (1832) in Norwich, England, of silk and worsted. Characteristically in a light and open plain weave, although twill challis may be found. Challis is one of the few printed wools with the most common prints being floral or paisley on a dark ground.
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